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What Have Vampire Weekend Been Up To Since Modern Vampires Of The City?

Vampire Weekend released their instant-classic third LP Modern Vampires Of The City on May 14, 2013. It was a different world back then: We were…
Chris DeVille | September 20, 2017 - 1:51 pm

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At Riot Fest 2017, Jawbreaker Finally Became Rock Stars

It began the only way it could have begun. It began with "Boxcar."
Michael Tedder | September 18, 2017 - 3:33 pm

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Blanck Mass Led An Apocalyptic Dance Party At Basilica SoundScape

These days, when people talk about technology being scary, they're talking about a slow, creeping dread -- the paranoia of living in a world with…
Peter Helman | September 17, 2017 - 6:10 pm

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Queens Of The Stone Age Balance Chaos And Professionalism At Riot Fest

About a decade and a half ago, MTV began taping live specials at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida, where I was born and…
Michael Tedder | September 17, 2017 - 1:08 pm

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Avant-R&B Singer serpentwithfeet Preached A Gospel All His Own At Basilica Soundscape

If you know anything about Basilica Soundscape, the boutique music festival that transpires every September in Hudson, New York, it's that its organizers brand it…
Chris DeVille | September 16, 2017 - 1:25 pm

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Ministry, New Order Demonstrate Their Staying Power At Riot Fest 2017

Halfway through last night's typically intense headlining set at Riot Fest, Trent Reznor took a second to address the crowd. "It's an honor tonight to…
Michael Tedder | September 16, 2017 - 1:24 pm

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Little Feat’s “Willin'” And This Is Us: The Trucker Ballad’s Long, Winding Path To Pop Culture

This week, UMG is releasing the official soundtrack album for the NBC series This Is Us, network TV's big breakout hit of the 2016 Fall…
Al Shipley | September 14, 2017 - 3:42 pm

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High & Low: Thoughts On Brand New’s First Live Set Since Science Fiction

You ever go to a bad music festival? Not an outright Fyre Festival or Woodstock '99 disaster that merits a post-mortem from dozens of people…
Ian Cohen | September 13, 2017 - 12:53 pm

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On 9/11 Brockhampton Offered An Escape From NYC

There's always a weird energy worming its way through the Big Apple on 9/11. An ambivalent mixture of melancholy, pride, mourning, hopefulness, leeriness, and togetherness…
Collin Robinson | September 12, 2017 - 12:05 pm

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Lost Edge: LCD Soundsystem’s Road To Sincerity

Just over 15 years ago, James Murphy released the first LCD Soundsystem single, "Losing My Edge." Its role in the band's mythology is foundational. A…
Ryan Leas | September 6, 2017 - 2:55 pm

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Always Music In The Air: Twin Peaks: The Return Performances From Worst To Best

When Julee Cruise appeared at the end of Twin Peaks: The Return Episode 17 on Sunday night, reprising "The World Spins" from the first season…
Stephen Deusner | September 6, 2017 - 11:52 am

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Somehow, We Are Absolutely Ready For Taylor Swift’s Rapping-About-Being-Horny-Over-Dubstep Single

On Sunday morning, the world changed. Suddenly, Trace Adkins' "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" was no longer the last word in country stars using vaguely European dance-music…
Tom Breihan | September 5, 2017 - 3:35 pm

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Beginning Of The End: A Look Back At The Downfall Of Genesis 20 Years Later

"Like the story that we wish was never ending/ We know sometime we must reach that final page/ And still we carry on just pretending/
Jeff Yerger | September 1, 2017 - 12:00 pm

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Drama Chameleon: Won’t The Real Taylor Swift Please Stand Up?

Taylor Swift wrote her first hit single during her freshman year at Hendersonville High School in Tennessee. The song was about her then-boyfriend, a senior…
Michael Nelson | August 31, 2017 - 12:38 pm

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So Sexy? It Hurts: The Confounding Afterlife Of Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”

So here's what we know: Taylor Swift interpolated (or lifted) the cadence from Right Said Fred's 1991 pop-house hit "I'm Too Sexy" for the hook…
Nate Patrin | August 28, 2017 - 10:50 am
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